A total of 13 people in the Northwest who have contracted the coronavirus disease have recovered.
According to the provincial government’s most recent media statement on the state of the disease in the province, 24 people have contracted the virus here. Three of them are treated in hospitals.
Most cases (11) are in Rustenburg. Hartbeespoort and Klerksdorp have the second most cases, namely four each. Two cases were confirmed in Mahikeng, the provincial capital. Bloemhof, Potchefstroom and Brits each have one case.
The case in Potchefstroom was a French athlete who returned to France shortly after his diagnosis, even before the national state of restriction took effect. The owner of the guesthouse where the French athlete was staying told earlier that the man was “stunned” when he tested positive. “He had no symptoms and just kept saying it was impossible.”
There have been no new cases in Potchefstroom yet.
No one in the North West has died because of the virus. Of the total 505 people in the province already tested for the virus by Wednesday, 408 were negative with dozens of test results still awaiting.
North West and Mpumalanga, both of which have 24 confirmed cases, are the provinces in South Africa with the second least infections besides the Northern Cape, where 16 are present. Gauteng had the most cases in all provinces by 1 199 on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, Northwest Health MEC Madoda Sambatha accompanied health workers this week to various locations in especially rural areas of the province where people are being evaluated for possible symptoms of Covid-19, as well as being tested. The team was in the Lichtenburg area on Wednesday and would go to Ratlou, about 80 km from Mahikeng on Thursday.